I think many people are on the upswing with positive vibes, thoughts, motivational posts, t-shirts, etc. And who doesn't love to be encouraged and/or hear kind words, right?!
But, oh boy let's get down to the correct and rebuke part. It is important for each of us to be honest, yet loving and finding that balance between the two.
Someone once told me, I would rather tell you the truth (Kelli) and have YOU deal with that truth than say I am your friend or love you and not correct you.
Now, a person like this does not come along every day, but they taught me a valuable lesson (along with life); if you profess to be love there is no way you can sit by and watch "wrong".
Imagine the personal growth we can achieve if the people around us told us the TRUTH, with the intentions of making us better.
I could list on and on the corrections I have received (in love) and how they made me better. One that sticks with me was in a group setting I said "They DRUGGED that table all they way here" the loving soul next to me said, "Kelli! it is dragged, drugs are what you take" Now, someone else may have been offended. Me? I threw my head back and laughed and said "thank you", and I NEVER made that grammatical mistake again - thus I grew!
If you love, care, do business with or if your presence is simply present and you know there is an error; gently, loving, correct "with great patience and careful instruction".
~In Truth and Love